John Fuller Williford

John Fuller Williford

Birth
Unionville, Union County, North Carolina, USA
Death 23 Dec 2003 (aged 93)
Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 19748656 View Source

John was my uncle and my friend. He was born in Unionville, North Carolina, the oldest of five children born to Ivy and Fairy Williford. Being the oldest, he watched over his younger brothers and sister, even until their deaths.

He married Elizabeth White and was a devoted husband until her death in 1975. Although they had no children of their own, he was always there for his five nieces and nephews, as well as their children, one of whom is named after him.

He served proudly in the U.S. Army in World War II and was among the second wave of troops to arrive on the sands of Normandy. From there his unit traveled through France and northward to Germany. He witnessed firsthand the horror of the Dachau Concentration Camp. His unit continued all the way to Berlin. When the war ended, he traveled home on the legendary Queen Mary.

For many years afterward he operated a shoe store in Salisbury, North Carolina.

I will always cherish his memory and the love and devotion he exhibited toward his family. He will be missed, but remembered fondly.


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